SBS Technologies, Inc. Announces Industry First 64-Bit CompactPCI® Packet Processor with PTMC Support

SBS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE), a leader in high-performance OEM telecommunications platforms and wide area networking (WAN) subsystems, today announced the introduction of its next generation 64-bit/66 MHz CompactPCI® Packet Processor, ARIES 2000. The ARIES 2000 features a 300 MHz PowerPC™ 750 CPU, high-performance 66 MHz local PCI bus with dedicated packet buffer, and a modular design with dual PMC sites supporting the PTMC standard for PMC mezzanine I/O. The ARIES 2000, in conjunction with SBS' family of PMC WAN interfaces, targets various OEM applications, including VPN Routers, VOIP Servers, Integrated Access Devices (IADs) and Signaling Gateways. Based on a telecom centric architecture offering modularity, scalability as well as an open-standard interface, the ARIES 2000 allows for seamless integration of third-party hardware and software. "SBS Technologies understands the evolving needs of our OEM customers. Factors such as time-to-market pressures and scarce engineering resources require telecom networking products that effectively address the requirements of each application," comments Robbie Dhillon, Executive Vice President of Technology and Business Development, SBS Technologies Communications Group. "The ARIES 2000 is designed to meet the needs of high-end applications that support high-density T1/E1, multiple DS3/E3 and OC-3 applications on CompactPCI bus." Adhering to the PTMC specification (PICMG ratification pending), SBS' PMC modules offer a wide range of WAN I/O interface options, including nxT1/E1, DS3/E3 and OC-3/STM-1. The PTMC specification allows for the direct mapping of the H.110 telephony bus to PMC and provides a standardized scheme for connecting PMC mezzanine WAN adapters to rear I/O transition interfaces. "The scalable architecture of the ARIES 2000 elegantly addresses the needs of OEMs who are developing bandwidth intensive networking applications requiring high packet transfer rates," comments Kuldip Bains, President and CEO of Kenetec, a Naugatuck-Connecticut based start-up and innovator in the fast growing broadband Multi Tenant Unit (MTU) equipment market. "The ARIES 2000 significantly elevates the performance level of standards-based networking I/O subsystems for CompactPCI." Software Support The ARIES 2000 offers software support for embedded VxWorks operating systems and WAN protocol support for TCP/IP, Frame Relay, PPP, ATM and SS7. As with all SBS products, the ARIES 2000 is available with a comprehensive Driver Development Kit (DDK) that contains an extensive Application Programming Interface (API), a sample code, diagnostics and support documentation. The DDK complements SBS' CP/2™ product design architecture and is designed to reduce required OEM integration time and speed up new product integration. Host driver support for the ARIES 2000 includes VxWorks, Windows NT, Linux and popular versions of UNIX. Pricing and Availability The ARIES 2000 will be available in Q1 2001. Target list pricing is $4,000 USD depending on I/O configuration and software protocol support. For more detailed pricing and availability information, please contact the SBS Communication Group sales team at (888) SBS-COMM or via e-mail at ABOUT SBS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. SBS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE) is a leading designer and manufacturer of open-architecture, standard bus embedded computer components that system designers can easily utilize to create a custom solution specific to the user's unique application. SBS embedded computer components are used in OEM applications such as telecommunications base stations and routers, medical imaging machines, automation and control equipment, and aerospace devices. SBS product lines include CPU boards, input/output (I/O) modules, avionics modules and analyzers, computer interconnection and expansion units, and complete computer systems. Statements in this press release regarding SBS Technologies, Inc. and its business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements," including explicit statements regarding product availability and applications, and implicit suggestions regarding the market potential of our business and expectations of future orders. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. For information about risks and uncertainties that could affect the accuracy of the forward-looking statements, please refer to SBS Technologies' filings with the SEC, including SBS' Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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